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World Gastroenterology Organisation
World Gastroenterology Organisation

WGO Practice Guideline - Common GI Symptoms


This guideline on the 2012 World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) theme is the first to take four key gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms as its starting-point: heartburn, abdominal pain/discomfort, bloating, and constipation. It is also unique in featuring four levels of care in a cascade approach: self-care and “over-the-counter” aids; the pharmacist’s view; the perspective of the primary care doctor—where symptoms play a primary role in patient presentation; and the specialist. The aim is to provide another unique and globally useful guideline that helps in the management of common, troubling but not disabling GI complaints. A team of gastrointestinal and primary care experts, as well as the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), were involved in the creation of the guideline.

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